Triton College names Schaumburg resident as track and field coach
The Triton College Athletic Department is proud to announce Nick Schneigert as head coach for men’s and women’s track and field. The 36-year-old Schaumburg resident will take on the task of rebuilding the program from the ground up. Triton has not competed in track and field in 20 years. The re-launch of the program was announced in July.
“Coming to Triton is just a wonderful opportunity for me to be a head college track and field coach in the Chicagoland area,” Schneigert said. “I know a lot of people were interested in the position, and I appreciate Harry McGinnis in having the confidence in me to lead the program.”
Schneigert brings to Triton several years of coaching experience in the youth, high school and college levels. In September 2011, he received his USATF Level 1 coaching certification at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania. This past spring, he was the assistant jumps coach at Geneva High School where he helped the team to their second IHSA Class 3A sectional title. From 2011-2013, Schneigert was an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Rockford College.
Under the guidance of Schneigert, Triton plans to field a team to compete in time for January 2014. But this year will be unique for Schneigert who has to recruit a team this season within the hallways and buildings of the college. So far, approximately 30 students have expressed interest in joining the team.
“My main focus is not only finding quality athletes but what’s also important is their work ethic, their character and how they are academically,” Schneigert said. “I’ve met a lot of great students enrolled here from all backgrounds, and I’m very excited that we will have a very diverse team next semester.”
Another focus for Schneigert will be recruiting, concentrating on quality high school track programs in the area. “There are a number of terrific high school programs in the area where we can recruit from,” he said. “I want the high school coaches and athletes to know there are so many opportunities we can provide here. I love to recruit. I love to network, and it’s going to be an exciting year recruiting-wise.”
Any Triton student enrolled full-time who is interested in participating in track and field can contact Coach Schneigert by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3800.
Assistant Track and Field Coach
Coach Ruston brings many years of experience coaching distance squads to the Triton staff. Ruston has coached at several different high schools and at Elgin Community College. Ruston's most recent coaching job was at Bartlett High School where he coached the Bartlett High School 4 X 8 team to a second place finish at the IHSA Class 3 A championships. He was also the assistant coach for the cross country team at Barlett as well where he helped coach several to state qualifications.
Ruston has also coached at St. Edward High School in Elgin and at Fox Valley Lutheran Academy where he coached multiple athletes to cross country/track and field state finals. Ruston started his career as a volunteer assistant coach at Elgin Community College where he helped coach an athlete to the NJCAA Division III National Championships.
As a student-athlete, Ruston competed at the Univeristy of Wisconsin - LaCrosse where he won a team championship. Currently, Ruston still competes and most recently was a national champion in the 1500 at the the 2012 USATF Outdoor Masters Championships where he ran a blitzing time of 4 minutes and 12 seconds. He competes for the Dick Ponds Fast Track Team which is sponsored by Saucony. When Ruston is not coaching or being with his wife and newborn child, he works at Dick Pond's Athletics in Schaumburg.
Assistant Track and Field Coach
Coach Petrelli brings many years of experience coaching throws to the Triton staff. Petrelli coached the throwers at St. Patrick High School (Chicago, IL) during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In 2005, Petrelli helped lead 2- state qualifiers in the shot-put, one of which was a sophomore and one qualifier in the discus whom was also a sophomore. Following the success of the 2005 season Petrelli helped guide a state qualifier in the shot put and another one in the discus during the 2006 season.
Petrelli also coached at Lakes Community High School (Lake Villa, IL) during the 2010 season. During Petrelli's time at Lakes, he helped guide an athlete to an all-state title in the shot-put finishing 3rd in Illinois and the same athlete finishing with All-State honors in the discus with a 4th place finish. Petrelli also helped develop another thrower who qualified for state in the Discus in 2010.
As a student- Athlete, Petrelli competed in Football and Track and Field all four years at D-III North Park University (Chicago, IL). He is also a local athlete graduating from Elmwood Park High School in 2001. While at Elmwood Park, Petrelli competed in Football, Wrestling, and Track & Field throughout his High School career, earning the Terry Ray memorial award for excellence in athletics. Petrelli exemplified his leadership with a strong presence and work ethic in the classroom, weight-room and around campus. Petrelli brings a B.A. in Exercise Science with him and 15 Credit hours in Human Performance towards his M.A. to the Triton staff. He is also a American Sport Education Program (ASEP) certified coach from 2005.
Away from Triton he enjoys staying active with as many lifelong activities as he can. Petrelli works as a project manager for a sign company out of Elmhurst.